1. evilrobot's Avatar
    Mango (7.5) includes IE9 with HTML5/CSS3 - so why does the gmail web app still suck so bad with it? Is Google doing this on purpose? Is there any way to get the web app interface you get on iOS/Android?

    Google Reader doesn't seem to have these problems any more, what's the hold up with Gmail?
    12-22-2011 03:28 PM
  2. Matthew Mazzenga's Avatar
    Because everything about Google sucks (imo).
    12-22-2011 03:30 PM
  3. evilrobot's Avatar
    Well there are a few of cool things about Google I think:
    • Get an 'Outlook' account on WP7 for free without having to buy Exchange or Office 365, plus labels and archive are awesome.
    • Google Reader (no good alternatives, nothing from Microsoft)
    • Webmaster Tools / Analytics (no good alternatives, nothing from Microsoft)

    Every thing else they offer is meh though (though I would use Google+ because it's better with privacy than Facebook, except nobody else does). Google Docs is pretty crappy compared to Office, I don't use Picasa or Windows Live Photo Gallery enough to really compare the two.
    12-22-2011 03:36 PM
  4. HeyCori's Avatar
    If the Google Youtube API fiasco is any indication of Google's commitment to WP7 then I wouldn't expect much from Google on Windows Phone.
    12-22-2011 03:44 PM
  5. evilrobot's Avatar
    I don't expect any apps from Google on WP7, but to not support their web apps on IE9 mobile seems silly. I suspect all they need to do is change a <!--if IE--> conditional to <!--if lt IE9-->.
    12-22-2011 03:50 PM
  6. evilrobot's Avatar
    Also, if Microsoft would provide a Google Reader alternative and remove the 'on behalf of' from Hotmail I wouldn't have to worry about it anymore :)
    12-22-2011 03:52 PM
  7. justop26's Avatar
    They are sabotaging WP7.
    12-22-2011 03:53 PM
  8. falconeight#IM's Avatar
    What's wrong with the gmail app? I click on it and check my email. It is the same as the rest of my email accounts.
    12-22-2011 05:29 PM
  9. evilrobot's Avatar
    No labels and no archive.
    12-22-2011 06:03 PM
  10. N8ter's Avatar
    If the Google Youtube API fiasco is any indication of Google's commitment to WP7 then I wouldn't expect much from Google on Windows Phone.
    I think the YouTube API fiasco is a farce, because Google had no issues letting Microsoft use the YouTube API for the XB360 even though they compete with it via GoogleTV.

    I think it was totally overblown.

    Google has almost 50% smartphone marketshare via Android. They simply don't see a need to support OSes that aren't major players. Between iOS and Android 70%+ of the market is covered. That's enough for them.

    They simply don't see a need, that's why.

    Additionally, GMail sucks on ANYTHING without a Native GMail app. That's precicely why Google had the J2ME Gmail app for a long time, as well as the Blackberry app (now there's a BIS plugin so they dropped that). It's also precicely why they developed an iOS app with PUSH Notifications.

    Even with ActiveSync GMail sucks because it's designed unlike traditional webmail systems for how it manages and organizes email.
    12-22-2011 08:41 PM
  11. Silverdogz's Avatar
    I found that you can add your google account. With your Windows Live account and the phone will give you an interface for Gmail.

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    12-22-2011 08:49 PM

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